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Old 06-20-2010, 08:06 AM   #15
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parked in summer

I understand towing at 75 is not real smart but I didn't tow at that speed allthe way home. I would average between 60 and 70 anf my tundra performed awesome. I just solf a 2006 f 250 diesel and the tundra is a better option for towing IMO.thanks for the concerns but I don't need the smartass comments about them parked all summer.

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Old 06-20-2010, 04:46 PM   #16
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Didn't mean to sound so harsh,guess I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

The Tundra is an awesome tow vehicle with only two exceptions:

Needs a larger fuel tank,200 miles max between fuel ups.

Toyota makes extendable tow mirrors that would make life a lot better.

Absolutely ZERO other issues or problems,comfort,ride,handling,maintenance(that's why I sold my diesel) all is 100 percent solid on this truck pulling the two campers that I own:

1972 27' overlander
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:24 AM   #17
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New Larger Fuel Tank

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Didn't mean to sound so harsh,guess I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

The Tundra is an awesome tow vehicle with only two exceptions:

Needs a larger fuel tank,200 miles max between fuel ups.

Toyota makes extendable tow mirrors that would make life a lot better.

Absolutely ZERO other issues or problems,comfort,ride,handling,maintenance(that's why I sold my diesel) all is 100 percent solid on this truck pulling the two campers that I own:

1972 27' overlander
1998 34' Classic

Dewayne

The one thing that has bugged me about my 2007 5.7l Tundra is like you not the MPG, but the range. The fuel tank has a capacity of 26 gallons, but the usable is closer to 18 then 20. (In truth I have never put more then 20 gallons in on any fill-up.)

The result is after two hours of towing I am looking for a place to fill-up.

So I have ordered a 46 gallon tank to replace the OEM tank, and it will be installed on 12/28.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:28 AM   #18
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I wish I had a larger gas tank too but, on the other hand, I don't like to drive more than 250 miles without a break of some kind. If I could go 400 miles without a stop I doubt that I would. Stopping for gas isn't the end of the world for me.

Dewayne, you need to chill out a bit. The folks here were trying to pass along a subtle message that towing at high speeds can create some rather real issues. I had a high speed blowout on a SOB trailer and it wasn't fun. The damage can be amazing. Towing at high speeds, especially in the heat, is really asking for it. Throw in people who overload their tires and have tires in poor condition puts everyone at risk.

I try to stay between 60 and 65 but have found myself up around 70 at times. I do like my Tundra and it does pull like a champ. I have the tow mirrors and they are great. You might want to look into adding them.

Have fun with the setup.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:25 PM   #19
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I know someone who bought a Ford rather than a Tundra because of the larger gas tank in the Ford. I also would like a larger tank. I know it's a good idea to stop periodically, a hard thing for me to do. We often just pull over and switch drivers and use the facilities.

But not having to search for a gas station when we go more than 200 miles would be good. The most we have put in the tank is 23.5 gallons (about 240 miles)—the warning light had been on for a while, the needle was well below E and the readout had long been on 0. We bring at least 5 extra gallons with us and sometimes come home with it, but have used it on occasion—one time in the middle of Montana and once or twice in or on the way to Alaska. I priced larger tanks and they were around $1,200, so I can put up with the inconvenience. In some communications I've had with Toyota North America over another issue, I did stress the gas tank was a big problem.

If I drive below 60—more like 50-55—mileage goes up to 12-13—but we usually travel long distances and it's just not practical for us to drive slowly. Our Tundra is 3 years old and I figure in about 3 years we will be looking for a new truck. I hope gas mileage is much improved by then.

Last June "gretchen" said his or her Tundra would benefit from tow mirrors. It appears he/she did not get the tow package because the mirrors (and other good stuff for towing) would be standard.

We are up to 56,000 miles, more than half towing, and as a tow vehicle the Tundra is still good. Some items such as fit and finish are well below Toyota standards from not too many years ago. The drive train seems to still be extremely reliable, but other stuff has suffered. Like Airstream, Toyota has cheapened its product leaving GM with a great opportunity.

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Old 12-21-2010, 12:43 PM   #20
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Gene, the only thing I don't like about the new 2011 F250 I bought is the how small the fuel tank is on the crew cab/standard bed with diesel. It's 26 gallons. Ford really dropped the ball on this. I factored in the 1200 for a titan tank into my buy decision. They easily have room for 50 gallons, here is the stock tank next to the 50 gallon Titan.

It's not that I want to drive 700 miles without stopping. It's that it gives you more options of where to buy fuel. Maybe a little better price (which adds up for 30-40 gallons), more importantly though, lets me pick a convenient place to get in/out.
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:54 PM   #21
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New', the Ford 150 gas engine has a 35 gallon tank (more or less) as I understand it. Strange they would put a 26 gal. tank in the diesel though maybe they did it to control weight. I believe GM has also increased gas tanks to the mid-30's. I expect that will be the standard soon.

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Old 12-21-2010, 03:18 PM   #22
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My 2008 F150 FX4 has a 30 gallon tank. The fuel light comes on with 10 gallons remaining. It hits the empty line with 6 gallons remaining.

I have always towed at a comfortable 55 or 60, although I have gone 65 if there was a good following wind. The combination was capable of much more, but I know how the bearing temperatures and transmission stresses rise exponentially with speed, and I know I'm experiencing literally half the wear at 55 as at 70. Also, getting 13 mpg instead of 10mpg means I reduce the fuel cost of a road trip by 23%. On a 4,500 mile trip, using $1,000 of gas, I saved $230. That's 15 nights of full hook-up campgrounds.

Also, I'm just not in that much of a hurry. It's the journey, not the destination, for me.
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I am considering replacing the stock tank on my Tundra with the 46 gal unit from Transferflow:

Toyota Tundra Replacement Fuel Tank

It seems like a quality product, and I will be anxious to hear if anyone else has experience with this.

Cost, installed, is around $1300-$1400.
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I am considering replacing the stock tank on my Tundra with the 46 gal unit from Transferflow:

Toyota Tundra Replacement Fuel Tank

It seems like a quality product, and I will be anxious to hear if anyone else has experience with this.

Cost, installed, is around $1300-$1400.
My intent is to take photos of the installation this coming Tuesday and I will post.
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If you'd like an extra pair of hands, I am free on Tuesday.
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SRW: are you concerned that you are loosing the protection of a skid plate?

That is the one issue that is causing me to think about proceeding with this.

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Steamy, I know Titan Tanks sells skid plates for some of their tanks. If TFI doesn't, find a truck or 4x4 shop in your area and they can fabricate a custom one.
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SRW: are you concerned that you are loosing the protection of a skid plate?

That is the one issue that is causing me to think about proceeding with this.

Thanks,
I don't know that I will lose the skid plate, but I do know that the replacement tank is constructed of aluminized steel and not plastic as is the OEM tank.

The new tank does decrease ground clearance by four inches that I do not feel will be a problem.
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